ST. LOUIS — Schnuck Markets has received the International Association for Food Protection's Black Pearl Award for Food Safety.
For the past 15 years, the Des Moines, Iowa-based IAFP — whose membership is made up of more than 3,400 food safety officials from 50 countries — has annually singled out one food organization to win its top honor, the Black Pearl Award.
“The Black Pearl award is a tremendous honor for our company and for our food safety team and one we are pleased to share with associates, suppliers, vendors and health department partners across seven states," said Scott Schnuck, chairman and chief executive officer of Schnucks, in a statement.
Schnuck, who is also a member of Food Marketing Institute's food safety task force, and Dianna Pasley, Schnucks food safety director and chair of FMI's Food Protection Committee, will accept the award at IAFP's annual meeting, July 12-15, in Grapevine, Texas.
Schnucks was chosen from nominees who met a long list of qualifications, an IAFP spokeswoman told SN. Previous Black Pearl winners include Wegmans, H.E. Butt Grocery, Ecolab, DuPont, Kraft and Walt Disney World Co.
Schnucks, with 105 units in seven states, was also honored this year for its consumer and associate education and training, proactive approach to recalls, facilities audits and crisis procedures, Schnucks officials said in a statement to the St. Louis Business Journal, which reported on Schnucks' Black Pearl win.
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